5.0 out of 5 stars
By Mr. Pequod - Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2017
Cool little cameras for creative minds!
These are 'action' cameras (I bought two) which means they have a noticeable fisheye distortion when shooting both stills and 1080p video. It is not extreme fisheye, and if you have the capability it is easily remedied in Photoshop. The lenses are high quality but are fixed focus. You will need a micro SD card to store the images, video, and to install the included apps on. This camera is a discontinued older model (no Wi-Fi) and will accept Micro-SD cards up to 32GB. There are two compressed files, one for Windows and one for Mac, that are written to the SD card from firmware when you first charge the camera. Clicking the one for your machine will unzip a colorful Polaroid icon onto the card. This is a little program that allows some adjustment to the camera's settings. You MUST have this software installed for the camera to work. The camera is a solid piece of workmanship. It is well made and delivers great imagery for the price. I paid $56 for each of the cams, the newer ones with 1440p resolution and Wi-Fi go for about double that. I also got two of the little starfish camera mounts (I cannot call them tripods, they are much more than that.) that are a must-have for these cameras, IMO. I will probably pick up one or two more cams and starfish. The initial charging time was lengthy, about an hour and a half. I charged one with my Windows laptop and the other with an Anker charger and they both took about the same time to charge.
5.0 out of 5 stars
By Josh Needham - Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2017
Great video quality (no sound)
This is a great camera for interesting b-roll shots. The magnet on the bottom of this camera is incredibly strong, I was able to attach my Leatherman to it and wave it around only holding the camera without it detaching. I was also able to put it on the hood of my car and drive around town without it moving, which I found incredibly impressive. This camera has incredible image clarity, but it does have a fish eye lense, so you will have that look to your video, but it offers an incredibly wide range of view. Photos taken with this camera tend to (in my experience) come out a bit grainy compared to the video quality, but they're still passable if you have no other camera and need a quick shot.
1.0 out of 5 stars
By Dave - Reviewed in the United States on November 28, 2017
Poor battery life.
Update: It's been getting progressively poorer battery life, plus acting erratically, e.g., won't follow button commands & shuts down on it's own even when it indicates battery charge is sufficient. It's now basically dead. Nice idea, but terrible quality. Wasted my money. ============================== I like its small size & weight, but the battery life, from the start (~1 month) has been poor - should have returned it. I use this for bicycle commuting, with one day's worth of riding consuming about 40-45 min. I barely get one day's commuting out of this before it dies, so I have to recharge daily, despite their claim of 90+ minutes of recording time. Why can I get a week out of my bike lights before recharging, & have to do this camera daily? There's nothing on their site about battery replacement: google search = site:polaroidcube.com battery (replace OR replacement) A general "how-to" search to replace the battery yields even more fun. Not.
4.0 out of 5 stars
By Range - Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
Awesome little action cam at a great price.
I really like this action cam. It has great quality but I would not say as good as a GoPro. However, it is not near the price of a GoPro. Pros: 1. Awesome Size. 2. Magnet sticks to anything. I put it on top of my truck and drove to pick up my kids. It did not come off even at 60 mph. 3. Waterproof case works perfect. 4. Very durable and a great size. Cons: 1. Must use Quicktime to view the videos. Otherwise, it is jumpy and the sound does not match up. 2. Sound is just OK. 3. Lens gets dirty easily. 4. Cannot put on a tripod as it does not have a tripod screw. Overall, I would buy this agin
2.0 out of 5 stars
By PDG - Reviewed in the United States on May 6, 2015
The Cube is Cute, but Instructions and Usability are Lacking -- Prepare to Spend More for Accessories
I wrote a pretty bad review of this camera -- see below... but I have since spoken with Polaroid's excellent customer service, which can be reached here: http://www.polaroid.com/support and some of the issues I had were the result of the SD Card not being inserted properly.... in fact, I had not been taking any videos at all, and the reason I couldn't see the camera when I hooked it to my computer was that the card was not inserted properly. I had tried to insert the card but it never really clicked into the device, so I thought you just had to put the cap back on in order to use it. Turns out you have to use your fingernail to insert the tiny card all the way into the slot deep enough for it to click in (pushing it in with just your finger doesn't work). So, while some of the issues with this camera still remain, I will update the review once I actually can see some of the videos. I will say that the usability of this camera is lacking and the manual does not give enough details for users to figure out how to use it properly. The ON / OFF / Video On / Camera On / Video Off / Camera Off functions are a bit cumbersom due to the one step button: On ON: Hold the multifunction button for three seconds. You’ll hear three beeps and the LED will blink green. All set! OFF: Hold multifunction button for three seconds. You’ll hear a two second beep, followed by a single short beep. Power is off. STILL PHOTOS: Press the multifunction button once. You’ll hear a beep and the LED will blink red once. VIDEO: Double press the multifunction button. You’ll hear two beeps and the LED will blink red until you stop recording. To stop recording, press the button once again. You’ll hear a single beep and the LED will blink green. ------- ORIGINAL REVIEWS I've had some time to play around with this camera by now, and though I haven't yet been able to view any video that I've taken so far -- and not even sure that it's recorder any video so far -- I have had enough experience with this camera to write a review of it. Impressions: 1) It's extremely frustrating not to be able to view any video on the camera itself, so you have no idea if it's recording, or what you recorded, and you can't even frame your shot 2) I never quite not what the camera is doing -- you press the button and nothing happens. If you hold it down for a while a green light comes on... or a flashing orange light. Press the button again and nothing happens. 3) The camera is somewhat useless without any kind of mounting bracket or hardware so be prepared to spend more money. I was going to use it as a little dash cam for my car, but it doesn't just sit on the dash -- kind of bounces around, so I'd have to buy a suction cup device. I also wanted to use it on my bike, but the magnet doesn't stick -- wrong metal I guess, so I'd have to get yet another mount for the bike. Soon it will be a $200 little camera. 4) It comes with an extremely short and tiny USB. I had put the little SanDisk Ultra 32 GB micro SD card in the camera -- it doesn't seem to snap in or catch or anything. I guess you have to just push it down with the cover and hope that it's in far enough?? I'm still not sure if the card is in correctly. [SEE ABOVE - TURNS OUT YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR FINGERNAIL TO INSERT IT QUITE FAR INTO THE SLOT TIL IT CLICKS IN] 5) When I plug the camera into my computer's USB, nothing happens -- I mean the computer beeps like there's a new device, but no new device ever shows up on the computer, so there seems to be no way to access the videos, if there are any. [TURNS OUT THE CARD WAS NOT INSERTED ALL THE WAY] 6) Since researching all this, a lot of people say that the Cube DOESN'T WORK WITH THE SD CARD THAT AMAZON RECOMMENDS BUYING FOR IT! What?? Apparently a lot of people are having trouble making the camera work with the SanDisk ULTRA SDHC memory card -- I purchase this one when Amazon indicated it's that these two items should be bought together (it doesn't come with a card): SanDisk Ultra 32GB UHS-I/Class 10 Micro SDHC Memory Card Up to 48MB/s With Adapter- … [AFTER SPEAKING WITH SUPPORT, THEY SAID THAT USED TO BE AN ISSUE, BUT IS NOT AN ISSUE ANYMORE. ONCE MY CARD WAS INSERTED ALL THE WAY IT SEEMED TO WORK] I bought this in December, and am now just getting around to trying to use it again, since I was never able to use it as I had intended, and I haven't bought any new accessories because I don't even know if it works. It's not very user friendly.